Dragonfly Dreams is based on the Liu’s family experience during World War II in China under the Japanese occupation.
Ju Lan (nicknamed Nini), the oldest child, was photographed with her family by an American GI who found them at the war’s end. Her Chinese father had refused to cooperate with the Japanese. Her American mother barely escaped being sent to an internment camp for foreigners. Like Anne Frank, Nini (age 10-13) narrates the story of her family’s ability to survive the ordeal.
From this photo and a letter to her American cousin after the war, I began to imagine this story from Ju Lan’s perspective. View letter here.
Historical fiction, Dragonfly Dreams is complete at 45,000 words. I am currently looking for a publisher who will get this story in the hands of readers all over the world. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, Dragonfly Dreams will appeal to both young readers and adults not only because of the courageous young heroine but also because of the revelations of injustice in a history we know little about.